Forest Schools Liverpool

Forest School in Liverpool

Enabling inner city children and adults to connect with nature and grow in confidence.

Emma Ackerley

After the success in Manchester, we have expanded our Forest Schools project over into Liverpool.

Forest School enables children to explore, learn and play in a safe and supportive natural environment. It is a unique opportunity for children to develop teamwork skills, improve confidence and initiate their own learning outside of a classroom. Our vision is for a growing movement of primary schools across our region that are passionate about Forest School and the benefits it offers to learners

Thanks to the generous support the players of People’s Postcode Lottery have given us, we have been able to deliver our Forest School project in Liverpool since 2017. Over a calendar year, we offer four educational facilities across Liverpool free Forest School sessions with one of our trained Forest School Leaders. During that year, we train up to three staff from each school as Level 3 Forest School Leaders too, so that the staff can continue to deliver Forest School sessions to pupils after we move on, embedding Forest School into each school's ethos.

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Working with local partners

In our first year, we’ve worked with local schools across the city to deliver sessions at two sites – Everton Park Nature Garden and Springfield Park, with the help of partners such as Friends of Everton Park and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

On the 5th July 2017 we officially launched our Liverpool Forest School Project at an event at Everton Park Nature Garden, in which everybody involved in the project came down for a taster session and a carousel of Forest School activities throughout the afternoon.

Here is Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE, Chair of Nature Connected and Environmental Adviser to the Mayor of Liverpool City Region, explaining what he thinks about Forest School...

Film Credit: Scott Anderson

In 2018, we have started working with schools in other parts of the city such as Bootle and Netherton, improving their school grounds to make them more suitable for Forest School. We have continued to work on our purpose-built outdoor classrooms in Springfield Park and Everton Park Nature Garden too.

This year we are working with schools with dedicated classes for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), enabling us to showcase the inclusiveness of Forest School and enable children with a variety of needs to experience the benefits of nature and build in confidence.

We find that the children learn better doing things that they enjoy, so at Forest School we’re getting loads of interaction and language out of them because they’re relaxed and in an environment that they like.
Rachael Sharpe
Millstead Special Needs Primary School, Everton

Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery

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The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been working with players of People’s Postcode Lottery since March 2015 to bring Forest Schools outdoor education to inner city school children.

People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery that emphasises supporting good causes in the heart of players’ communities, fitting perfectly with The Wildlife Trusts’ emphasis on protecting wildlife where our members live.

Learn about People's Postcode Lottery and the amazing support players provide to The Wildlife Trust on the dedicated section of our website here.

The loose structure of the sessions gave us as adults the opportunity to draw the children's attention to all the sensory joys and wonders of the outdoors that often get lost in the busy-ness of daily suburban life and, in the process, to reconnect with the same joy ourselves.
Lesley Bower
Grandparent helper, Knotty Ash Primary School

Find out more

For more information about our Forest Schools in Liverpool, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery please email Forest School and Communications Officer, Molly Toal at mtoal@lancswt.org.uk.

To discover more about Forest School and our services click here.

Explore our Manchester Forest School project here.

To find out more about our School Grounds service click here.

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